“Puts a musical punch right in the belly of pop mediocrity” –
Peter Cobbin, Senior Engineer, Abbey Road Studios.
|2008 was a busy year for Melbourne trio The Basics; they toured relentlessly to some of the most remote outback areas Australia has to offer, making new friends and fans in high schools, indigenous communities, community centres and pubs and clubs along the way.
2009 already promises to be a huge year for the band. To kick things off, their new single With This Ship was released on Tuesday 22 February and is the first song from their ominously titled forthcoming album, Keep Your Friends Close.
In April, The Basics will play some very special shows taking audiences on intimate and acoustic journeys featuring never before seen photos, videos and many unseen rarities exclusive to the tour. Tickets will be limited, so don’t miss out on The Basics showcasing their exclusive offerings from Keep Your Friends Close!
With This Ship heralds a significant new direction for The Basics. While retaining the band’s trademark three-part harmonies, they are forging a bold path towards an altogether unexplored musical landscape.
With This Ship is something of a musical map, charting the often unpredictable and tumultuous ocean of relationships. It illustrates the hope-filled struggle of fighting against the tide of
personal history, but also the hopelessness sometimes encountered when trying to mend rifts in relationships ravaged by hurt and time.
But fear not. The Basics’ lush vocal harmonies will lift you over the swirling symphony of stormy guitars and lay you softly on the shore.
Armed with an epic video clip (think Tim Burton does Yellow Submarine via a Monty Python haze), With This Ship sets a new benchmark in Australian video animation.
Mixed by Peter Cobbin (U2, The Beatles’ Anthology, Lord of the Rings) at the famed Abbey Road studios in London and featuring production contributions from prominent New York-based engineer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, John Mayer), and local wizard Francois Tetaz (Architecture In Helsinki, Lior, Gotye) The Basics are certainly keeping good company.
With This Ship is now available and is distributed through MGM.
Don’t miss The Basics’ exclusive showcases at…
THURSDAY, APR 16 | HYDE PARK HOTEL (BACK ROOM), PERTH
FRIDAY, APR 17 | SPACE THEATRE, ADELAIDE
SATURDAY, APR 18 | ST MARTIN’S – RANDALL THEATRE, MELBOURNE
THURSDAY, APR 23 | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
FRIDAY, APR 24 | THE GLOBE, BRISBANE
SATURDAY, APR 25 | THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY
SUNDAY, APR 26 | THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY
Check The Basics website for more dates being announced soon!
Can’t wait until April to see The Basics?
Watch the With This Ship video clip:
Written by Vanessa @ Shiny Records